Help with slowing down this simple motor

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In summary, the conversation is about a working motor that needs to be slowed down for its intended purpose. The individual has tried using less wire and wiring tape, but it hasn't worked. Suggestions are given to lower the voltage or use a rheostat to easily adjust the speed.
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The motor that I've built is the one below its a working motor and spins fast, but I have to slow it down to as much as I can for its intended purpose. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can make this motor spin slowly. I've tried using less wire but it doesn't work. Note: for the piece of cork, I've used wiring tape instead. Help!
 

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Tried lowering the voltage? or putting in a resistor?
 
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That's a very nice illustration, Healthphysics.
I agree with Deakie that dropping the voltage is probably the easiest way. I'd modify his resistor suggestion by using a rheostat. That will allow you to tune it on the fly rather than having to swap out hard-wired parts until you get the speed that you want.
 

What is a simple motor?

A simple motor is a device that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. It consists of a coil of wire (armature) that rotates inside a magnetic field, causing the motor to move.

Why does a simple motor need to be slowed down?

There are several reasons why a simple motor may need to be slowed down. It could be due to safety concerns, to control the speed of a machine, or to conserve energy.

How can I slow down a simple motor?

There are a few methods for slowing down a simple motor. One way is to decrease the voltage or current going to the motor. Another option is to add resistance to the circuit, which will reduce the amount of current flowing through the motor. You can also use a mechanical brake or gears to physically slow down the motor.

What are the potential consequences of slowing down a simple motor?

Slowing down a simple motor can have both positive and negative consequences. On one hand, it can reduce the wear and tear on the motor and increase its lifespan. However, it can also decrease the torque and power output of the motor, which may affect its performance.

Are there any tips for slowing down a simple motor?

Yes, there are a few tips for slowing down a simple motor. First, make sure to use the appropriate method for your specific motor and application. It's also important to carefully consider the amount of voltage, current, and resistance needed to achieve the desired speed. Additionally, regular maintenance and proper lubrication can help keep the motor running smoothly at a slower speed.

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